11 Dec 2023
Friday 6 July 2018
Story Code : 311347

Top Iranian, Chinese diplomats discuss JCPOA in Austria

Tasnim - While senior diplomats from Iran, the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) and the EU have gathered in Vienna to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a meeting with his Chinese counterpart.

Accompanied by their delegations, Zarif and Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Viennas Palais Coburg hotel on Friday morning ahead of a plenary session aimed at finding ways to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Iranian foreign minister is also going to have a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Earlier in the morning, Zarif had a working breakfast with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

Reporters suggest that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson may absent himself from the Fridays ministerial meeting in Vienna because of tight meetings on Brexit. UK Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt will reportedly attend the talks.

In comments before leaving Paris to Vienna on Friday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was unlikely that European powers would be able to put together an economic package for Iran for saving the JCPOA before November.

On Thursday, president of Iran confirmed that the country has received a long-awaited European proposal for saving the Iran nuclear deal, but complained that the disappointing package does not meet Tehrans demands and still needs to provide a clear practical plan with definite time frame.

On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has underlined that any decision to keep the JCPOA running without the US should be conditional on practical guarantees from the Europeans.

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